Rochester STEM Students Launch Weather Balloon

Rochester STEM Students Launch Weather Balloon

The balloon reached an elevation of 90,000 feet.
Today, dozens of students from Rochester's STEM program launched a weather balloon, which reached 90,000 feet and flew over the region for a little more than 2 hours at the Genesee Village in Mumford. The goal was to teach a lesson in history and science as well as provide insight about early balloon flight and the Civil War Balloon Corps.

After the launch, a separate search team was be deployed to retrieve the payload and return the results, which included a video of the trip, measurements of atmospheric conditions, and specific results of an experiment designed by the students.

The Summer STEM Institute, in collaboration with the Center for Student Innovation, introduces students who will begin 9th grade in the fall at the Rochester STEM high school to an integrated approach to STEM education. Students use English and math skills to support a series of science and engineering projects. In addition to the balloon launch, they will conduct a simulated crime scene investigation and develop and program computer-interfaced robotic devices. The results of their studies will be presented to parents and school leaders on August 1, 2014.

For more information on Rochester's STEM Academy, please visit: http://rochesterstemacademy.org/

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